Posts tagged: constellations

Moonrise Panorama Fossil Trail, Badlands National Park

By , August 19, 2011 at 7:16 pm

I’ve been wanting to get some pictures of the Milky Way Galaxy and our trip to the Badlands was the perfect opportunity for dark skies except for one thing — my vacation time fell into a full moon week, drat!  Nevertheless, on our last night in South Dakota while meandering to our little cabin at the Cedar Pass Lodge, Carolyn urged that we just stop and shoot the night sky before the moon came up.  So the boys pulled out the bedding underneath the stars and gazed as I setup shop with 30 second exposures across the horizon to compile into this panorama. The southern band of the Milky Way is  visible to the right and towards the far left is the big dipper.  This was by far one of the most exciting and memorable shots that I’ve taken so far.

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